A San Francisco Police Department says it still has full faith in a pilot program to use a Tesla electric patrol car, even though the vehicle allegedly ran out of power last week during a pursuit.
The East Bay Times newspaper reported that a Fremont police officer in Tesla Model S, whom the department purchased in March, was involved in a police pursuit Friday, but radioed to say that the electric vehicle warned it had only 6 miles with battery life left and that he may not be able to continue in the hunt.
Fremont police spokesman Geneva Bosques told NBC Bay Area that Tesla was not fully charged at the beginning of the officer's shift at 2 p.m. and that the pursuit did not begin until around 23
"This one occurrence does not in any way change our sense of vehicle performance for patrol purposes," Bosques told the station.
"The officer was monitoring the charge and notified in charge of each individual status during the approximately 1
The chase was canceled, and the Highway Patrol later found the suspect's car abandoned in San Jose, according to the station.
This car was wanted in connection with a crime in Santa Clara, and a driver's crime order has not been found, according to NBC Bay Area.
Bosques told the station that Friday's incident was the second pursuit involving Tesla, and that "as far as the car meets or exceeds our expectations."
"We are still in the first six months of the pilot program and we are keeping track of all the data," Bosques said.
Fremont is a city of about 214,000 in the Bay Area southeast of San Francisco.